Get picked up at home and whisked off to your departure point (within 50 miles).
Meals included: 1 breakfast,
An epic adventure of snow-capped peaks, crystal lakes and lush forests dotted with alpine towns; journey deep into Canada’s virgin wilderness to explore Banff National Park, ride across the 1,200-feet-thick Athabasca Glacier, and sail through the patchwork of Gulf Islands.
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Fly to Calgary where you will transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Explore Calgary’s attractions on a sightseeing tour this morning and visit the Canada Olympic Park, location of the 1988 Winter Olympics. Then drive into Banff National Park – Canada’s oldest national park – and the mountain resort of Banff, gateway to the majestic Canadian Rockies.
Today is at leisure to enjoy the many pleasures of Banff, one of Canada's favourite year-round resorts. Perhaps take an optional helicopter ride high over the Rockies?
Travel first to Lake Louise, its azure-blue waters a perfect natural mirror reflecting the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Precipitous gorges, snow-capped mountain ranges and lakes come into view as you head through mountain passes. After stopping at the Columbia Icefield for an exciting Ice Explorer ride over the 1,200-feet-thick Athabasca Glacier, arrive in the picturesque resort of Jasper, for an orientation tour of the town. There will also be a chance to join an optional raft trip down the Athabasca River.
Today, join an optional excursion to Maligne Lake and Spirit Island, where you embark on a narrated cruise of the lake. The rest of the day is free to explore this attractive alpine town, browse its jewellery and art shops or head out on a guided hike.
Today, follow the Fraser River to the foot of spectacular Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. The Yellowhead Highway continues alongside the mighty Thompson River with impressive vistas of the Monashee Mountains. Overnight in Kamloops.
Continue your tour through the lush coniferous forests of British Columbia’s Coast Mountains to the Pacific coastline. Sail across the Strait of Georgia through the hundreds of small Gulf Islands, to Victoria, the provincial capital and western Canada's oldest city. Afternoon sightseeing features trips to Butchart Gardens - the century-old floral show gardens, which began life as an exhausted quarry pit, and Thunderbird Park with its unusual collection of totem poles. In the evening, take a stroll along Victoria’s pleasant waterfront.
A full day to get under the skin of Victoria: visit Royal British Columbia Museum or go whale watching on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Some orca groups cruise the rocky areas near the shoreline hunting for seals. In the evening, there is a chance to join an optional tour of Chinatown.
Today, set sail back to Vancouver across the Strait of Georgia. On arrival, enjoy a sightseeing drive on the way to your hotel. See Vancouver's Chinatown, Gastown, harbour and the magnificent green oasis of Stanley Park.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK or extend your stay in Vancouver or with an Alaska cruise.
Special Depatures: Calgary Stampede Special Departures 7 July & 10 July 2018
Be a part of the Calgary Stampede - a celebration of western values and heritage that boasts the richest outdoor rodeo in the world. Get ready for an outdoor stage show featuring internationally acclaimed artists, and see some of the best professional riders in the world. Your extension includes two extra nights in Calgary and a two day pass to the Calgary Stampede. Please see our website for full details and itinerary
Whale Watching: Enjoy a fascinating optional cruise that will be remembered for a lifetime. Whilst watching for whales and marine life in their natural habitat, you are likely to see the orca (killer whale), and perhaps spot porpoises, sea-lions, osprey and eagles
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Brilliant from the scenery to the tour manager and the driver and the people that we were with
Excellent tour, covering all advertised places and trips. Tour guide , Renato, was excellent. The optional trips were great value for money and exceeded expectations.
Simply wonderful way to see The Rockies.
Never done an escorted tour before, but would do it again. Me and my husband saw some wonderful sights that otherwise we would never have found, and everything was organised for us. If you've never done one before, here's the answers to a few questions you might have! ( we did the Heart of the Rockies by the way) 1. What's it like being on the bus all day, and who's on it? On the coach there were all different nationalities (all English speaking) with an age range of about 16 to 80. If you want to make friends you can, and there were some single people on the trip, but if you're miserable beggars like us you can easily keep yourself to yourself. It can be hard going, but our guide Bev was lovely, and we learned a lot. 2. What clothes shall I take? A bit of everything! We went in summer, and in the day it was shorts and t shirts, but you do need a couple of jumpers and a jacket for different excursions. And remember, you won't have time to wash anything.... 3. How much money will I need? Only 1 breakfast was included, so you do need quite a bit. It wasn't cheap to eat out....a bar meal with a couple of alchoholic drinks was about £50-£60. But there are always shops around for snacks. Hope that helps! Most people on our trip had done tours before, and would never travel with anyone but Archers/Cosmos, and we recommend them too.
This is a perfect tour if you want to see the magnificent Rockies and epic lakes and awesome scenery. We would have awarded 5 stars and excellent but a couple of hotels were well below standard and not at all acceptable on such a fantastic tour and such a reputable company as Archers. But, we still had a fantastic time and experience on a truly great adventure.
There's no need to shop around. Find a cheaper like-for-like tour from another company, and we’ll not only match their price but also give you a £50 discount when you book with us.
They have in-depth knowledge of the places you’ll visit and will be on hand every step of the way with commentary entirely in English. 96% of customers rate them 'excellent' or 'good'.
We understand things change, often beyond your control. If you need to change your holiday plans, we offer a flexible deposit up until your balance is due.